Solvay, a supplier of advanced materials and specialty chemicals, announced a pair of advances that it hopes will help it expand its healthcare business. Speaking yesterday at Solvay’s booth (#2414) at MD&M West, the company’s healthcare sales development manager Rose Catherin said the new materials will help improve the performance of … [Read more...] about Solvay expands advanced materials offerings in the medical tubing space
A new way to replace a patient's damaged blood vessels may be on its way, as researchers in France are figuring out a way to "knit" new vessels with a collagen-based extracellular matrix. Inserm researcher Nicolas L'Heureux and his colleagues at Inserm/Université de Bordeaux's tissue bioengineering unit published a study in Acta Biomaterialia to … [Read more...] about Is it possible to ‘knit’ replacement blood vessels?
Tekni-Plex (Wayne, Pa.) announced the formation of the Tekni-Plex Medical business unit, which will supply medical components, materials and solutions to medical device manufacturers worldwide. The new operating unit will offer products and services formerly supplied separately by its Tekni-Plex’s Colorite, Natvar and Dunn businesses. … [Read more...] about Tekni-Plex forms medical business unit
W.L. Gore announced this week that it is investing in PhysioLogic Devices, a startup developing an implantable intraperitoneal insulin delivery system. The size of the investment was not disclosed. But it was part of Gore's Micro-Equity Investment (MEI) program, which provides investments of up to $500,000. W.L. Gore officials think the … [Read more...] about W.L. Gore officials think they can spur insulin delivery system innovation
Biocoat officials say their Hydak coatings deliver competitive durability and lubricity — and they’re made out of a naturally occurring substance. Biocoat (Horsham, Pa.) this year has been touting internal studies in which its Hydak coatings demonstrated durability and lubricity that matched or exceeded other hydrophilic coatings, additives, … [Read more...] about Could Biocoat’s hydrophilic coating promote vascular catheter innovation?
Device designers have to investigate application parameters while also dealing with the product’s regulatory and compliance requirements to choose the right tubing. Here is the process for selecting the right tubing product and supplier for a given application. Alex Kakad, for NewAge Industries When selecting a tubing material for your … [Read more...] about What is the best tubing for medical device applications?
Raumedic (Helmbrechts, Germany) has been increasing its focus on developing PVC-free plastics for medical tubing, the company announced today. Raumedic, which has its U.S. headquarters in Mills River, N.C., has alternative materials without plasticizers that can be used in components used in applications including transfusions, pumps, gravity … [Read more...] about Raumedic focusing on PVC-free medical tubing
Microspec CEO Tim Steele remembers when polyurethanes were relatively new. It was the 1970s, and the only polyurethanes were industrial grade, not medical grade. Steele is a PEEK pioneer who founded Microspec in 1989 and opened up shop in Jaffrey, N.H. the following year. Microspec has grown and moved twice more, the last time to Peterborough, … [Read more...] about Microspec founder takes the long view on medical tubing
Medical device companies have many factors to consider when deciding which adhesives to use with tubing. An adhesives manufacturer explains them. The best tubing in the world won’t help a medical device to work if it won’t adhere properly. Determining the right adhesive technology for your medical tubing depends on several factors, according … [Read more...] about How to make adhesives work for your medical tubing
MicroCare Medical has earned success selling its Swellex silicone swelling fluid to companies assembling medical tubing. Here’s how it works. MicroCare Medical (New Britain, Conn.) over the past decade has found that its Swellex silicone swelling fluid is a popular product for medical tubing manufacturers. “That’s because the swelling fluid … [Read more...] about This swelling fluid helps boost medical tubing assembly